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Your San Diego Convention Center Hotel

Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island is the perfect lodging option for your next visit to the San Diego Convention Center. Just a scenic, four mile, ocean side drive from the convention center, our harbor side hotel provides a relaxing resort feel to help you unwind after a long day of cardiology meetings or realtor expos.

Our complimentary airport shuttle service, phenomenal on-site Panorama Bar & Grill, close proximity to San Diego International Airport, and excellent business amenities make us the ideal hotel option for a quick business trip. If you plan to stay longer, Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island offers bicycle and car rentals to help you navigate downtown attractions or visit the greater San Diego area.

Whether you're turning a trip to Comic Con into a mini-vacation or keeping up on the latest industry trends, Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island has got you covered.


2017 San Diego Convention Center Calendar of Events


About the Convention Center

The state-of-the-art San Diego Convention Center provides world-class service, ample flexible space, breathtaking harbor-side views, and easy access to San Diego International Airport and downtown attractions. It’s no wonder the SDCC hosts some of the largest and most famous conventions in the nation.

Originally built in 1989, the Arthur Erickson structure has since doubled in size to provide more expansive floor plans, terraces, atmosphere, and amenities to make each event a memorable experience. Here is a quick run-down of the specs:

  • Accommodates up to 125,000 attendees.
  • Provides 2.6 million sq. ft. of vast floor space.
  • Has 2 ballrooms, 1 exhibit hall, 72 meeting rooms, 1 pavilion, and a series of outdoor terraces.
  • Designed with a 90,000 sq. ft. Sails Pavilion with Teflon-coated fiberglass sails to mimic boats in San Diego Bay.
  • Features an inclined elevator to carries guests diagonally alongside the building's exterior.
  • Parking is available in a 1,950 space underground garage and a 2,000 space open air garage across the street.
  • Connects guests with the newest technology in high-speed Internet, webcasting, and A/V services.
  • Offers a user-friendly business center with a FedEx Office location.
  • Honored with a LEED Silver Certification for its environmentally friendly facilities.
  • Famously hosts Comic Con, the largest and longest running comic book and pop culture convention in North America.

Learn more about the San Diego Convention Center


San Diego Convention Center Parking

Parking at the San Diego Convention Center can be daunting. Don't let it. Here's what you need to know:

  • An underground garage on Harbor Drive between 1st and 5th Avenue provides 1,950 spaces and costs $15 per day. (Note: the rate can increase to $25 a day if there’s a special downtown event.)
  • An above-ground parking garage directly across the street at Harbor and 8th provides an additional 2,000 spaces.
  • There are several private garages and parking lots downtown in the Gaslamp Quarter with various rates.
  • Pro-tip: Metered spots on the street are free on Sundays and certain holidays.

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Directions to the San Diego Convention Center

  • Head east on Harbor Island Drive (.6 miles)
  • Veer left to stay on Harbor Island Drive (.4 miles)
  • Turn right on to N Harbor Drive (3 miles)

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